UPDATE: No Benicio Del Toro For STAR TREK Sequel, Further Reports Of Khan As The Villain

This will upset Trekkies, but Vulture report that the actor has passed on the role of the villain in JJ Abrams' upcoming sequel. They also report that despite the director's claims to the contrary, the villain is indeed Khan..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 12/5/2011
This is a real shame as Del Toro was one actor that we could all agree would be a great addition to this (any) cast. But unfortunately after initial talks a deal could not be reached. Vulture report..



Sadly, there's one high-profile star whom Abrams didn't manage to beam up: Benicio Del Toro, who entered into talks last month to play the sequel's new villain. Insiders tell Vulture that the deal actually went asunder last Wednesday after parties couldn't come to terms over monetary issues.


Abrams has another couple of great cast additions in Alice Eve and Peter Weller but he will have to move fairly fast to secure a replacement for Del Toro who would have played the movie's villain. But which villain? After Latino Review claimed to have uncovered the bad guy's identity as Khan Noonian Singh, Abrams himself shot it down with a "not true". But it seems the director was just denying this until he was good and ready to reveal it himself as another reliable source has pegged Khan as the villain too..

Vulture hears from a highly placed source that Khan is indeed the film's baddie.


Expect this to be revealed officially one way or the other soon enough. In the mean time, assuming it is Khan, who do you guys think would be a worthy replacement for Del Toro?

Here is an update of sorts from the movie's co-producer Damon Lindelof via his Twitter account..

"VULTUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURE!!!!!"

Take that to mean what you will, but I think it's fairly obvious. Khan is (un)officially the villain.




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bleedthefreak - 12/5/2011, 3:22 PM
NO!....KKKKKKKKHHHHHHHAAAAAANNNNNNN!!!!!!
PaulRom - 12/5/2011, 3:30 PM
I figured the villain would be Khan.

nailbiter111 - 12/5/2011, 3:30 PM
i wouldn't be surprised to see weller as khan and the benicio part as his son. this was suggested by cosmic book news, and it actually would make sense. this is an alernate timeline so you could have khan die early and the son trying to avenge the father.
PaulRom - 12/5/2011, 3:31 PM
As for who should play him...hmm...Javier Bardem?
Nick56 - 12/5/2011, 3:32 PM
Antonia Banderas

PaulRom - 12/5/2011, 3:32 PM
Peter Weller would be a good Khan as well, would be crazy if that's who he ends up playing.
Canon108 - 12/5/2011, 3:42 PM
Star Trek Film Makers: Del Toro just started talks about playing the villain of the film...

Idiot fans: It's Kahn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J.J. Abrams: It's not Kahn...

Star Trek Film Makers: Del Toro passed on the project.

Idiot fans: Kahn's the villain!!!!!!!!!!!

Common Sense: You guys are [frick]ing retarded...
Canon108 - 12/5/2011, 3:45 PM
Nothing has been confirmed and if they blatantly state that Del Toro wouldn't be playing Kahn when he entered talks for the movie, why would they change it after he passes...they would have to completely re-write the film to accommodate your request. The film would be delayed another 2 years...jeeze there are a lot of stupid people.
marvel72 - 12/5/2011, 3:47 PM
klingons!
RorMachine - 12/5/2011, 3:48 PM
Canon, you do realize that there have been actual reports from a trustworthy site and now a trade that the villain is Khan, and it wasn't just fans screaming for it... right?
Canon108 - 12/5/2011, 3:52 PM
I trust J.J. Abrams the film's director over some site not connected to the movie whatsoever...
RorMachine - 12/5/2011, 3:54 PM
Abrams could be, and is probably, just denying it. Zack Snyder flat out lied about Zod not being the villain in Man Of Steel remember? Some directors don't like stuff leaking early.
headlopper - 12/5/2011, 3:55 PM
"QUAAAAARRRRRKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!"

AK47 - 12/5/2011, 3:57 PM
I'm not too familiar with Star Trek prior 2 the reboot which was cool so I'm down with anything
Just as a side note; my surname is Khan lol, no joke
Greengo - 12/5/2011, 3:58 PM
Obviously, theAsianVersionofET should play Khan.
Greengo - 12/5/2011, 3:59 PM
Greengo - 12/5/2011, 4:00 PM
What's this?

Grif pissed?

Naaahhhhh

Say it ain't so!
Greengo - 12/5/2011, 4:01 PM
Del Toro mumbles too much to play Khan.
Bandrews1 - 12/5/2011, 4:02 PM
Dang I was really looking forward to seeing him in the movie, hopefully Abrams would cast someone good in the role.
BackwardGalaxy - 12/5/2011, 4:03 PM
Banderas would make a fantastic Khan.
croniccris - 12/5/2011, 4:04 PM
womp womp....i guess del toro is trading star trek for martin scorsese's adaptation of shusako endo's novel silence....hmmmmm i wonder who could replace del toro...rufus sewell maybe?
Canon108 - 12/5/2011, 4:10 PM
Honestly I wish they had gone with Kahn. And I like the idea of Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert from 'Lost' and Mayor Garcia from 'The Dark Knight') playing the role...but when Del Toro first enters discussions for the role and Abrams clearly states it's not Kahn when pressed about the role, sort of clears things up IMO.
RyanLantern77 - 12/5/2011, 4:24 PM
[frick] Khan
Greengo - 12/5/2011, 4:24 PM
No he's legit
skullboy - 12/5/2011, 4:24 PM
Seems JJ's GOTTA have Khan, no ands, ifs, or buts about it. The original series be damned.
Bodwulf - 12/5/2011, 4:31 PM
For those of us who do not know . Who or what is "Vulture"?
Greengo - 12/5/2011, 4:36 PM
This is a Vulture:

gman3025 - 12/5/2011, 4:39 PM
I love Khan. HOWEVER, I hope JJ is going to create his own villain. If not, then they have wasted all the possibilities of the "alternate timeline" and are just rehashing the same old story with alittle twist.

I have come to appreciate that JJ is more creative than that. (Of course, Super8 was just a rehash of ET).
hench - 12/5/2011, 4:40 PM
somethings should just be left as they are. No Khan for next movie, focus on a character yet seen on the big screen, if they must do a movie featuring khan let it not be for a couple more movies at least!
Vital - 12/5/2011, 4:55 PM
I'm so glad Del Toro isn't in it. His last couple of movies have sucked.
mgeoff88 - 12/5/2011, 5:25 PM
That's a shame he won't be in this.

Whoever the next actor is playing Khan, has some big shoes to fill.
themayer88 - 12/5/2011, 5:26 PM
@wolverinesfury....couldnt agree more

how about Javier Bardeem as Kahn?
nowtheresaBATman - 12/5/2011, 5:37 PM
wtf!
nailbiter111 - 12/5/2011, 5:39 PM
i got back n forth on this. i want khan but i know it'll never be as good as star trek 2 wrath of khan. i think JJ is gonna regret this decision. it's a no win situation.
PaulRom - 12/5/2011, 5:41 PM
Looks like Lindelof has gone apeshit now that the secret's out.
Greengo - 12/5/2011, 5:47 PM
OMG! Lmao.

Til DNA no way!
121 - 12/5/2011, 5:51 PM
Antonio.
RorMachine - 12/5/2011, 5:56 PM
If Khan is the villain and Chris Pine doesn't do some kind of KHAAAAAAAAAANNNN tribute..well, he just has to.
Timerider84 - 12/5/2011, 6:21 PM
Lance Henriksen could be a good Khan.

http://www.unificationfrance.com/IMG/jpg/jeu_video_game_aliens_vs_predator_Lance_Henriksen_1.jpg

I'd prefer they set the character up in this movie and the next movie be about the repercussions leading up to Khan's revenge. The Space Seed was a great episode. One Starfleet medic makes a choice to go with Khan and leave Starfleet, just to be with him. Makes for great drama to know that not everybody is perfect, not even one of Starfleets very own. To give all that up for one villian is crazy to even think about.
Tainted87 - 12/5/2011, 6:31 PM
@Nick56
Antonio Banderas would've be excellent. Articulation would have been essential.

Please note, boys and girls, that Khan is hispanic. Sure, so is Bane, and that didn't stop Chris Nolan or Tom Hardy, but the accent to me, is key.

Even so, I don't want Khan to be the villain. Khan's desires are revenge and conquest. Revenge wouldn't be possible since Kirk only just got to be the captain of the Enterprise, and conquest... well maybe.

I see ONE possibility here. Vulcan is gone, and I'm sure the remaining Vulcans won't be too happy to be stuck on Earth or some other species' homeworld. Khan's backstory COULD by all means take place in the present, with his own eugenics war waged throughout the galaxy rather than just on Earth. Perhaps he could masquerade (or just be a scientist who helped develop the technology) as a part of the Genesis Project... the project designed to recreate Vulcan on a dead planet. His betrayal would pit humans against themselves, and the Federation against humans (should he carry on with his plans).
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